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Malala A Brave Girl From Pakistan

Iqbal A Brave Boy From Pakistan



When a young girl triumphed over a brutal attack by the Taliban, her courage resonated around the globe.  This book brings the stories of Malala Yousafzai and Iqbal Masih to young readers through simple text and illustrations that eloquently portray their fearless struggle for equality.  These inspirational accounts will engage students in discussions about the fundamental human rights of children while teaching them that they are never too young to make a difference in their community or the world.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This book provides an excellent introduction to any learning unit exploring the human rights of children.  The story could become the basis of a school advocacy project that promotes the value of education and the advantages provided by public school systems like we have in Canada.  However, poverty still affects the learning experience of many Canadian children, therefore a class could also implement a service learning project like organizing a school supply drive or a breakfast program.

This book also supports social studies outcomes related to cultural diversity.  Inviting a local multicultural association to share their experiences with students through hands-on activities like games and dance would build on the stories and provide a forum for open discussions about other regions of the world.

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Themes Addressed

Human Rights (5)

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Poverty
  • Social Justice